SLT partners Science and Technology Ministry
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has partnered the Ministry of Science and
Technology of Sri Lanka to provide a total communications solution
package to the Ministry and other relevant institutes such as Technology
Institutes, Research and Development Centres as well as islandwide
‘Vidatha Resource Centres’.
From left : Chairperson/SLT, Ms. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena,
Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Tissa Vitarana,
Secretary to the Ministry Science and Technology, Ms. M. B.
A. Ekanayaka at the event.
The ‘Vidatha Resource Centres’ are a key initiative taken by the
Ministry of Science and Technology to enable access to e-mail, internet,
fax and distance learning in rural areas of Sri Lanka under the theme of
“Gamata Thakshanaya”. This carries out Technology Transfer Programmes
around the country.
These Resource Centres provide Bank Loans, Local and Foreign Market
Information, Techniques of Enterprise Development etc. to improve living
standards of the rural communities. SLT is the exclusive communications
provider for the 300 ‘Vidatha’ Centres and other important institutes
that operate under the Ministry.
Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Tissa Vitarana said, “the
process of transferring technology through ‘Vidatha Centres’ set up
islandwide is being continued. We have observed that through this
process, a large number of small scale entrepreneurs have emerged with
their own businesses. It’s very clear that technology plays a key role
in shaping our society by creating a bright future for the whole
With this partnership, the Ministry, ‘Vidatha Resource Centres’ and
other important institutions will be provided with SLT broadband
internet and total voice communication facilities using wired and
wireless technologies. Three hundred Resource Centres in all provinces
will be empowered by SLT’s superior broadband internet connectivity. SLT
broadband internet services are provided through high capacity dedicated
Internet Leased Line (ILL) and ADSL technology, providing connectivity
to SLTnet, the largest ISP in the country. With this broadband
connectivity, SLT provides internet facilities to all the locations.
Voice calls within the network including ‘Vidatha Resource Centres’
will be free and this in turn will reduce the communication costs of the
ministry. Also, SLT will provide high capacity digital (E1) connectivity
to handle the ministry’s large volume of voice communication traffic.
The communication services provided by SLT will cut down costs whilst
increasing productivity for the Ministry of Science and Technology. It
will also make operations smoother by facilitating communication and
information sharing among the different institutions connected to the
Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom Mrs. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena said,
“We are fully supportive of the initiatives taken by the Ministry of
Science and Technology, to revolutionize human society and efforts put
in place to build an information and knowledge-based society.. Over the
past few years, SLT has played a major role in the ICT sector in the
country. It is proven that SLT’s technology leadership has changed the
way in which people live, do business, entertain themselves and educate
SLT, together with the Science and Technology Ministry will explore
the future possibilities to fulfill the Ministry’s vision of making Sri
Lanka a scientifically and technologically advanced country in the
region by 2020.
ANC Awards Night
On July 22, seventy-one outstanding ANC students received their
international degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology
and Northwood University USA at the annual ANC awards night and over 200
transfers to top universities in the US, UK, Australia and Malaysia. It
was organised at the Hilton Colombo followed by a Fashion Show,
ANC Education Holdings, offers local and international students
American, Australian and British undergraduate programs leading to
easier transfers to top universities in the world and international
degree completion options in Sri Lanka. ANC is approved by BOI Sri Lanka
and maintains high quality university standards in all aspects of
Welcoming a large group of delegates from Northwood University,
Pattern University, Monash University, Missouri S and T University and
NCUK representing over 11 prestigious UK universities’ Chairman ANC
Education Holdings Jagath Alwis said “ANC Education Holdings has set new
standards to the high quality education in South Asia. ANC will continue
to produce high achievers in the US, UK, Australia and Malaysia bringing
recognition to Sri Lanka. There is a big demand among Sri Lankan
students to study in high quality foreign universities.
“The knowledge and experience you acquire through your accredited
American education is a big opportunity for you.
Whilst presenting graduation certificates to over 70 graduates
President and CEO Northwood University Dr. Keith Pretty said, graduation
ceremony is a just reward for the hard work and enthusiasm they have
consistently applied to their studies and the passion they have
demonstrated in the classroom.
“ANC’s dedication to produce leaders through high quality foreign
education at an affordable price has fulfilled dreams of many students
and parents today. The stability and long-term approach of ANC and the
commitment of its students, faculty, staff and partner universities
distinguish us from other education providers. During the seven years
that we have worked together, ANC has always made every effort to
provide its students with a rigorous, globally recognised education.
CEO/Executive Director of ANC Education Holdings Dr. Punarjeewa
ETI Homes ISO 9001:2000 certification renewed
One of the ETI homes
ETI Homes, the construction and property development arm of the
Edirisinghe Trust Investments Ltd (ETI) conglomerate, said that its ISO
9001:2000 certification, initially issued in 2007, has been renewed for
This certification was awarded to ETI Homes for its consistent
unflagging excellence in construction supervision, a true first in Sri
Issued by UKAS Quality Management on behalf of the International
Organization of Standards (ISO), this world-renowned industry yardstick
is granted after a thorough evaluation of key criteria such as: the
formulation of a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the
business; the monitoring of processes to ensure that they are effective;
the keeping of adequate records; the inspection of output for defects
with appropriate corrective action where necessary; regular reviews of
individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness;
and the facilitation of continual improvement.
GM - ETI Homes, Ranjan Perera, said “achieving the benchmark is only
the beginning of a journey; the crucial factor is to maintain and
upgrade these standards.”
CEO Mahendra De Silva said that “the awarding and renewal of the ISO
9001: 2000 certification is proof that, while our revenue growth and
stability has placed us at the forefront of the industry and made us a
household name, we’ve never lost our single-minded focus on demanding
the very highest levels of quality from our employees and systems.”
Asian hair and beauty industry
Celebrates 25 years in partnership:
Nayana Karunaratne who is wellknown in the Asian hair and beauty
industry celebrates 25 years of business partnership with Kanjana
This will be a milestone in women business as well as being
visionaries in their industry. Nayana Karunaratne handles Salon Nayana
enterprise and Image Academy of Hair and Beauty as well as the Image
Academy of Personality Development.
Kanjana Godigamuwa said, “My aim has always been to bring happiness
and a sense of fulfillment to our clientele. It is also very important
to be competitive and look for ways that you can be on the cutting edge,
by offering the best service possible. That is what makes the difference
in this industry. Nayana Karunaratne is the founder of the Sri Lanka
Association for Hairdressers and Beauticians (SLAHAB) in 1996.
She is a board member of the World Federation of Hairdressers (OMC)
and has been nominated as President of the OMC Asia Zone for the second
She is also an international trainer, in her capacity as OMC Asia
President. She was also recognized as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
2007 by the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
She said, “The key to my success is because I am very focused, goal
oriented, hard working, disciplined and extremely organized in what I
endeavour in. This has been a progressive growth for me, starting with
the opening of my salon, and its expansion within Sri Lanka as well as
into India. What has driven so far has been my passionate sense of
personal commitment to the services offered at Salon Nayana.
This goes hand in hand with the fact that I have dedicated my career
in helping men and women to look their best and to elevate the
profession of hairdressing in Asia to global standards.”
Salon Nayana has come a long way evolving into a business enterprise
with a unisex chain of 12 salons in Sri Lanka and India. It currently
has over 150 dedicated professionals comprising cosmetologists, stylists
BoC schols for 18+ Account Holders
18+ Savings accounts of the Bank of Ceylon, offer a number of
benefits to account holders. The scholarships awarded to high performers
at GCE (Advanced Level) examination, who were successful in entering a
university is one such benefit.
The Bank of Ceylon recently held a ceremony at the head office to
award 90 scholarships of Rs. 30,000 each to scholarship winners who sat
for G.C.E. (A/L) examination in the year 2007. Every year five
candidates each from all four streams of Science, Maths, Commerce and
Arts are selected islandwide from those earn the highest score in the
GCE (A/L) exam and awarded merit scholarships.
In addition, a number of scholarships are awarded corresponding to
the number of years of Bank’s existence.
The Bank awarded 69 scholarships in addition to the merit
scholarships for 18+account holders selected randomly through a draw
from those who entered the university in the year 2008, after being
accepted at the Advanced Level examination held in the year 2007.
This year’s ceremony was the presentation of a special award to
Iroshan Chandimal, 18+ account holder who ranked first in the Bio
The chief guest at this ceremony was Minister of Vocational and
Technical Training Piyasena Gamage, Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon Dr.
Gamini Wickramasinghe, General Manager, members of the corporate
management and the scholarship winners participated.